#ChildMolester | Accused child molester who groomed teen caught in Ave Maria


AVE MARIA, Fla. — A 66-year-old man from Ave Maria is accused of molesting a teenage boy and possibly others.

The victim is now 16-years-old, according to Collier County deputies. Richard Baga started to groom the victim when he was in sixth grade.

Experts from the Children’s Advocacy Center said often times, predators will try to gain a child’s trust as a way to manipulate them. They will also bribe children with gifts and money.

In this case, deputies said Baga gave the victim and his family gifts as well as $20,000. Baga’s arrest report said the molestation began when the victim was in eighth grade.

Baga told the victim he would give him $100 each time he filmed himself having sexual interactions with a girl, and he would have to record the acts on his cellphone. Then, Baga began to inappropriately touch the victim.

Baga is now in the Collier County Jail. He’s facing three molestation charges.



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